Missiles, warhead and submarines – this is how the world’s nuclear powers plan to spend hundreds of billions of pounds over the next ten years.
The British American Security Information Council has produced a report, saying that evidence points to a new and dangerous “era of nuclear weapons“.
The US will spend $700bn on the nuclear weapons industry over the next decade. A further $92bn will be spent on new nuclear warheads and there are plans to build twelve nuclear ballistic missile submarines, air-launched nuclear cruise missiles and bombs.
Russia will spend at least $70bn on delivery systems alone.
Other countries including China, India, Israel, France and Pakistan are expected to devote formidable sums on tactical and strategic missile systems.
Several countries, including Russia, Pakistan, Israel and France’s, nuclear weapons are being assigned roles that go well beyond deterrence.
In Russia and Pakistan nuclear weapons are assigned “war-fighting roles in military planning“.
Israelis extending its Jericho III missile’s range, and is developing an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile capability, expanding its submarine fleet which can carry nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
France has deployed four new submarines, with longer-range missiles and a “more robust warhead“. It is also modernising its nuclear bomber fleet.